Early Adopter Finalists Announced: Excellence in GSI Awards
Posted on: March 02, 2016
Congratulations to our three finalists for the Early Adopters Category of the 2016 Excellence in GSI Awards!
Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on March 31st, after a poster reception honoring the finalists in each category.
Research and Leadership Finalists will be announced in the coming weeks.
FENCING ACADEMY OF PHILADELPHIA
The Fencing Academy of Philadelphia green roof influenced the early evolution of progressive planning for SMPs in Philadelphia.
Installed in the fall of 1997 with no North American green roof monitoring data available, Roofmeadow’s Charlie Miller insisted that this project demonstrate stormwater performance. A variety of novel design techniques, many of which continue to be part of the Roofmeadow tool kit, were used.
Miller’s early research has proven of value to engineers and policy-makers alike in the years since. The small contribution that one 3,000 square foot green roof made to reducing runoff was later amplified by the millions of square feet that would follow once green roofs became accepted as full-fledged SMPs.
LOCATION: 3502 Race Street,
CLIENT: Mark and Lara Masters
Constructed in 1987, the Morris Arboretum Demonstration Porous Parking Lot is one of the earliest and longest-lasting porous asphalt installations in the world, serving as a model and educational tool for visitors from around the world.
The lot has won awards for engineering and design, been featured in national publications and regional educational videos, is frequently visited by school students, university classes, engineer, architects and landscape architects, and enjoyed by almost two million visitors.
In addition to the porous parking lot, the Arboretum has, for the past thirty years, instituted practices of disconnecting or managing impervious surfaces whenever possible, including buildings, roadways, and paths. Currently, the Arboretum manages 99% of its 5.4 acres of impervious area.
LOCATION: 9600 Stenton Ave, Philadelphia, PA
CLIENT: Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania
Andropogon Associates, Cahill Associates
MAINTENANCE TEAM: Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania developed an urban watershed restoration project to demonstrate best management practices at Penn Alexander School, in partnership with Philadelphia Water, the Morris Arboretum, and the School District of Philadelphia. It became one of the first Philadelphia schools to implement such practices.
The school site offered significant opportunities for stormwater management, environmental education, and community improvement. The demonstration project, completed in 2001, reclaimed a parking lot into a multipurpose playfield, which has a subsurface infiltration system. Excess stormwater from the playfield and runoff from the roof flow into an adjacent rain garden, which is used as an outdoor classroom. A playground with porous asphalt and a subsurface infiltration system as well as a garden tool shed with a green roof and rain barrels, offer additional stormwater management and educational opportunities.
LOCATION: 4029 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA
CLIENT: Penn-Alexander School
PLANNING/DESIGN TEAM: Cahill Associates, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, OLIN, Urban Engineers, Philadelphia School District, Philadelphia Water Department, Spruce Hill Community Association, UC Green, and University of Pennsylvania
CONSTRUCTION TEAM: Turner Construction
MAINTENANCE TEAM: University of Pennsylvania
Looking forward to seeing you at the ceremony!
2016 Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony
Thursday March 31 2016, 6:00-9:00pm
WHYY Public Media Commons
150 North 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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